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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; Rev Ed edition (15 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584887982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584887980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn H on 26 May 2008
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This is an updated (Dec 2006), and slightly more advanced, version of the bestseller The Cosmic Onion. Suitable for school leavers/first year university students, as well as the general reader, it provides a mostly non-mathematical introduction to the current state of particle physics, with particular reference to quarks. In particular, it describes the principles behind the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the varieties of quarks, QCD, the electroweak force, neutrinos, CP violation, Higgs boson, and the big bang (219 pages). Numerous diagrams aid understanding, and the book is very easy to read. Recommended for all those interested in particle physics and cosmology.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Captain Sensible on 26 April 2010
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This is a really excellent read. It is very well laid out, with a clear thread running through the narrative. The book keeps strictly to well proven science, and does not wander off into the realms of exotic theories which abound these days. However it brings the reader fully up-to-date with particle physics and the reasons for building the Large Hadron Collider.
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Great book for non physicists 5 July 2009
By Dragan Sahpaski - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introductory book for the world of particle physics and more.
I'm a computer science student at the CERN Sumer School 2009 and I find this book very helpful following the lectures. Mr. Close is a great lecturer and an inspiring person. He did 4 lectures named "Particle Physics for non physics students".
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A lucid explanation of particle physics accessible to scientifically or mathematically-inclined laymen or college students 21 July 2012
By Ulfilas - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Close describes the evolution of the understanding of elementary particle physics within a historical context. He lays out, step by step, the interactions between theorists and experimentalists as various ideas for the structure and interaction of elementary particles are put forward and tested. He does this with a minimum of higher mathematics, with matrix multiplication constituting the most sophisticated mathematical concept used in this book. At no point does the reader even need an understanding of calculus. Nevertheless, I believe that the author's treatment would still be more satisfying to readers who, at the very least, enjoyed their math and science courses in high school and college. For those who have received good grades in freshman and sophomore-level college physics and math courses intended for science and engineering majors, this book should certainly be understandable. For even science and engineering Ph.D.s who work outside of the area of particle physics, however, this book is still challenging and requires a deal of patience to make one's way through numerous difficult concepts.

One aspect of this book that I found particularly engaging was that of the author's description of the experiments used in exploring the structure of fundamental particles. The section, that explains how the configuration of "jets" of particles (resulting from high-energy particle collisions) are used to extract the properties of quarks, is uniquely helpful and different from what I have found in other books. See especially Fig.7.5, p.100, for a very useful diagram illustrating the interpretation of such "jets."
Like attending a course 16 Oct 2012
By J. E. Highcove - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was much like attending a class. The only thing missing was a chance to ask questions. It got me a lot further along in understanding particle physics.
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